The wait is over and Formula One is back for what could be its most unpredictable and exciting season in recent memory. There have been a huge number of rules changes including new engines, with more information available here. The most shocking thing in all the testing sessions was that current champions Red Bull really struggled for both reliability and pace, potentially leaving the title race wide open before any racing is done. The first few races could see a whole host of retirements as reliability is improved and fuel economy is worked out and we can’t wait for qualifying to get started.

F1 : Australian Grand Prix Preview

Australian Grand Prix Preview

Mercedes are heavy favourites for both the Australian Grand Prix and the title at the moment but it must have come as a surprise that Red Bull have gone from absolutely nowhere in testing to into the top five for P2. Red Bull’s development throughout the past seasons has been second to none and if the pre season deficit has already been almost wiped out, it could prove ominous for the rest of the field. Both McLaren and Williams look to have regained some of the form their heritage deserves to be able to mix it with Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari but after over achieving last season, Lotus are looking in real trouble for both speed and reliability.

Race Predictions

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Fernando Alonso
  4. Sebastian Vettel
  5. Jenson Button

I picked my predictions and then realised that they are the same order as the P2 result. I’m going to guess that at least two of these drivers don’t finish the race however, and that only thirteen cars do! Besides Mercedes being hot favourites, no-one really has a clue what is going to happen to the other eight points scoring places.

The Australian Grand Prix is live on Sky with highlights on the BBC, here are the times:

Qualifying – Green light – 06:00
Sky F1 – 05:00 – 07:45
BBC 1 – 14:55 – 16:25 (highlights)

Race – Lights out – 06:00
Sky F1 – 05:00 – 08:30
BBC 1 – 14:00 – 16:00 (highlights)

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